New Workshops for Parents and Family Members looking to learn relaxation skills

Mandy our Reflexologist recently completed training with Lorrraine Senior founder of Functional Reflex Therapy (FRT).

FRT is a combination of relaxation techniques drawn from reflexology.  Mandy will soon be offering FRT Rainbow Routine Workshops to share relaxation techniques in a fun and friendly environment.

If you would be interested in learning this lovely positive touch routine to support children or other family members who may be experiencing high levels of anxiety or stress, contact us for more details or keep an eye on our Reflexology Services page.

More information can also be found on the following link:

https://www.functionalreflextherapy.co.uk/training/workshops-for-parents-and-carers.html

 

 


National day of Reflection

Browns to mark National Day of Reflection on 23 March

A national day to remember those who have died during the pandemic, and to show support for everyone who has been bereaved is being marked by Browns Health and Safety.

Spearheaded by end of life charity Marie Curie, and set to take place on Tuesday 23 March – the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown – Browns is committed to marking the National Day of Reflection, alongside a host of organisations, MPs, and celebrities who are backing the day.

Browns Health and Safety Director Steve Ruddick said: “The pandemic has impacted the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people. In joining the National Day of Reflection we are not only remembering those who are no longer with us, but also offering our condolences and support to anyone who has been affected by events of the last year.”

The team at Browns will join in the national silence to remember and reflect at 12pm and will continue to encourage people to reach out to friends, family and colleagues in need.

Marie Curie estimates that over three million people have been bereaved since the pandemic began, yet many have been unable to properly say goodbye to loved ones or grieve.

The National Day of Reflection will give the nation and communities a moment to remember, grieve and celebrate everyone who has died during this time and show support for our families, friends and colleagues who are grieving.

Marie Curie warns that without the right support for people who have been bereaved, the devastation that the pandemic has caused will impact the lives of people for generations.

Marie Curie Chief Executive Matthew Reed said: “We need to mark the huge amount of loss we’ve seen this year and show support for everyone who has been bereaved in the most challenging of circumstances.  We cannot simply stand by and not recognise the effects the pandemic has had on the bereaved. We know people are in shock, confused, upset, angry and unable to process what has happened.

“The National Day of Reflection on 23 March gives us a moment to reflect, remember and celebrate the lives of everyone that has died, as well as show our support to family, friends and colleagues who are bereaved during these challenging times – from Covid and other causes.”

To find out more about the National Day of Reflection and how to get involved visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/dayofreflection. #DayofReflection

 


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Ventilation key for COVID-Secure workplaces

The HSE is placing increasing importance on ensuring workplaces are well ventilated during the pandemic.

Updated advice has been published to help businesses identify and improve poorly ventilated areas. It also includes guidance on other factors to consider when assessing the risk from aerosol transmission.

 

Guidance includes maximising the fresh air in a space by:

  • natural ventilation, ensuring air flow through windows, doors and air vents that can be fully or partially opened
  • mechanical ventilation, using fans and ducts to bring in fresh air from outside
  • a combination of natural and mechanical ventilation, for example where mechanical ventilation relies on natural ventilation to maximise fresh air

Read the updated guidance and find out how you can provide adequate ventilation in your workplace, helping to protect workers and visitors.

 

 


Site safety

CITB Site Safety Plus grace period to end in April

The grace period for CITB site safety plus refreshers ends on 30 April 2021.

After this date, anyone needing to renew their existing SSSTS or SMSTS training must do so before their qualification expires.

If you completed either the site safety plus scheme for supervisors (SSSTS) or managers (SMSTS) five years ago then time is running out to refresh a recently-expired qualification.

The Site Safety Plus Scheme team said: "All delegates have until 30 April 2021 to join a SSSTS/SMSTS refresher course, if their current certificate expired after 1 October 2020."

Book a place on our next CITB SSSTS or SMSTS renewal courses and refresh your knowledge of health and safety for construction sites.

We're running both courses in Lutterworth this April to keep certificates up-to-date.

SSSTS Refresher - 15 April 2021, £180 + VAT

SMSTS Refresher - 26 & 27 April 2021, £295 + VAT

Book now by calling 01455 203 600 or email mandy@brownshealthandsafety.co.uk.

All face-to-face training is in our COVID-Secure office, with a maximum of six people per course.

 


Covid tiers

England's tier restrictions and working with Browns

Following England’s move from national lockdown to a three-tier system, we want to reassure you that we’re still here to help.

As of 00:01 on Wednesday, 2 December 2020, Browns offices in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, are in Tier 3, the highest for restrictions. Our consultants and staff are continuing to follow government guidance and maintaining social distancing and reducing contact when it isn’t necessary.

Consultants are providing email and phone advice and support and, where COVID-Secure measures can be maintained, completing audits and visits. Face Fit testing is also carrying on, either on-site at your premises, or in our offices.

Our COVID-Secure offices remain open for training with reduced staff and visitor numbers. Social distancing should always be maintained and we ask all visitors to wear a face covering, where possible, when not in the training room. Read our Covid measures for training.

The reflexology treatment room remains closed to maintain reduced numbers in the building.


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Browns operating through England's November lockdown

Following the announcement of a four-week lockdown across England, we want to reassure you that we’re still here to support you.

In line with the new measures our staff will work from home and continue to provide advice and support via phone and email.

I have an audit / visit booked, will this go ahead?
Our consultants will continue their visits where there is need and demand. If you’re happy for an arranged audit to continue and our staff are able to ensure government guidance is followed, these can remain in place.
Should you wish to postpone a visit please contact your consultant to rearrange.

Is training going ahead?
We are committed to ensuring people can continue to access training to support their jobs. Many of our clients work in the construction and manufacturing industry and health & safety training is something that remains very much a requirement for their safe working environments.
Our COVID-Secure training room will remain open to ensure workforces continue to work safely and complete essential training.

See how we're keeping delegates and trainers safe

I want to cancel my training booking
While our delegates and staff are happy to attend training sessions, we will keep courses running.
Should you wish to postpone training that’s fine too, we are happy to look for future dates that meet your needs.
If you wish to cancel a booking our terms and conditions will apply.

We will let you know if there are any changes.


Leicester lockdown update: We're still open

We want to reassure clients and delegates that, following the Government’s announcement of increased restrictions in Leicester, our offices are open and not included within the lockdown area.

All of our staff, including consultants and trainers, live outside of the area covered by additional restrictions and we will continue to provide training with reduced class sizes and health and safety support to businesses.

Read details on the measures we've introduced in our offices for delegates and visitors.


Training resumes at Browns

We are pleased to announce that we are once again welcoming delegates into our Lutterworth training room.

We've worked behind the scenes to ensure our offices are COVID-Secure so we're ready to offer smaller courses.

To ensure the safety of our staff and visitors our courses will be limited to a maximum of five delegates to ensure social distancing. We're still mainly working from home, so you shouldn't see too many people other than the trainer and someone to welcome you, regularly sanitise surfaces and ensure you know where you can wash your hands.

We've had to remove our grazing station, but delegates can still enjoy unlimited refreshments and individually-wrapped biscuits. We're also asking anyone joining us to bring their own lunch.

Read how we're keeping everyone safe.


Mental Health Aware training moves online

As with the vast majority of businesses that have had to change their way of working, so have we, so we are offering our first-ever online course.

The four-hour MHFA mental health aware course, running from June, is designed to give delegates an understanding of mental health issues and how to approach them.

The course is held and completed live, so you will experience a Browns’ training room-based course from the comfort of your home or workplace. Join us in our Zoom virtual classroom and receive your course pack direct to your door before the training.

These maiden course dates are offered with a 50% reduction, costing just £60+VAT each.

Next dates:

17 June, 9.30am to 1.30pm

18 June, 9.30am to 1.30pm

To book your place email mandy@brownshealthandsafety.co.uk or call 01455 203 603.


Covid-19 Update: Visiting us

All of our courses are currently running as planned, and extra measures are being taken to reduce the risk of the spread of Coronavirus. We would like to reassure all visitors that should you visit us, there will be no more than 20 people at our offices, including trainers, delegates and office-based staff.

The health and safety of our delegates and employees is our top priority. Knowing that you may have concerns about visiting us at this time, we want to reassure you that we are doing all that we can to keep everyone safe.

As part of our Covid-19 Policy to keep our staff and visitors safe, we are asking anyone visiting us to complete a short questionnaire before visiting us.

As well as continuing with our normal cleaning and hygiene procedures, we are working to ensure you and our staff are protected from the risk of infections by:

  • Increasing how often we disinfect surfaces throughout our offices
  • Providing hand sanitiser to staff and visitors
  • Encouraging visitors to wash their hands regularly throughout the day
  • Taking the temperature of all staff and visitors to our office on arrival
  • Ensuring our staff follow public health guidance on self-isolation if developing symptoms associated with Covid 19.

Should Government and public health guidance change, resulting in the need for any of our courses, visits or treatments be cancelled we will contact anyone impacted as soon as possible.

For Covid 19 advice visit www.gov.uk or www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

See our Coronavirus policy March 2020.